United States Major League Soccer
Los Angeles Football ClubLos Angeles Football Club1Inter Miami CFInter Miami CF0

David Beckham's Inter Miami lose first MLS game at Los Angeles FC

David Beckham's Inter Miami: Are ultras & big stars the key to MLS success?

David Beckham watched from the directors' box as his Inter Miami team were beaten by Los Angeles FC in their inaugural Major League Soccer game.

Former England captain Beckham had a big role in setting up the new MLS team and is one of the owners as well as president of soccer operations.

They had the toughest debut possible, over 2,700 miles away at last year's regular-season table toppers LAFC.

Carlos Vela scored the only goal with a wonderful chip from 20 yards.

Rodolfo Pizarro was inches away from scoring Inter's first ever competitive goal but he shot just wide - and Scotland international Lewis Morgan had an effort blocked.

Beckham watched along with wife Victoria and son Brooklyn.

Carlos Vela
Carlos Vela marked his 31st birthday with the only goal

Inter brought plenty of fans to the game, which was the most in-demand opening MLS match in terms of ticket resale prices in 10 years.

Writing on social mediaexternal-link after the match Beckham said: "Very proud moment for our club today and the team did us proud. It's been a long journey but this is only the beginning. We should be very proud how far we have come and what the future holds. Exciting times ahead."

Fellow new side Nashville SC lost 2-1 to Atlanta United on Friday night.

Why does Beckham own an MLS team?

Beckham speaks of his 'stubbornness' as Inter Miami make MLS debut

When Beckham joined LA Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007, part of his contract gave him the option to buy an MLS franchise at a reduced rate in the future.

Beckham exercised that option six years ago but it took several years to get the team up and running because of arguments over a stadium site. The club will have to play 30 miles from Miami until they relocate in 2022.

"There was never a moment when I said I would walk away but there were moments when I thought this might not happen," Beckham said in a news conference in New York in the past week.

"I have always loved a challenge. I didn't realise how big a challenge this was going to be, even down to putting tiles in the showers."

Who are Inter Miami?

Inter Miami - whose full name is Club Internacional de Futbol Miami - will hope to succeed where more than 30 Florida teams have failed including Miami Fusion, who only lasted in MLS from 1998 to 2001.

However, they have already built a big fanbase before even playing a game. Fans eager for a Miami team to support turned up in numbers - with banners, flags and drums - to Inter's under-13 and under-14 games last season.

The club are not expected to challenge for the title this season after failing to sign any big-name European players in time for the start of the season.

They have signed two of their three permitted designated players - Argentine teenager Matias Pellegrini and Mexico international midfielder Pizarro. Scotland winger Morgan joined from Celtic in January.

Head coach Diego Alonso has won two Concacaf Champions Leagues with Mexican sides.

They played six friendlies, although only two were open to the public, losing 2-1 to Philadelphia Union and beating second-tier Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0.

Line-ups

Los Angeles Football Club

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Vermeer
  • 27Blackmon
  • 5Jakovic
  • 4Segura
  • 2HarveyBooked at 81mins
  • 7BlessingSubstituted forDukeat 90+2'minutes
  • 8GinellaSubstituted forCifuentesat 76'minutes
  • 14KayeSubstituted forAtuestaat 59'minutesBooked at 60mins
  • 10Vela
  • 9Rossi
  • 17Rodríguez

Substitutes

  • 11Cifuentes
  • 12Palacios
  • 13Abdussalam
  • 15Guido
  • 19Duke
  • 20Atuesta
  • 23Sisniega

Inter Miami CF

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Robles
  • 2PowellBooked at 66mins
  • 29R Torres
  • 5Figal
  • 22Sweat
  • 6Trapp
  • 13UlloaBooked at 63minsSubstituted forNguyenat 68'minutes
  • 7MorganSubstituted forAgudeloat 79'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 10Pizarro
  • 11PellegriniSubstituted forMakounat 79'minutes
  • 19Robinson

Substitutes

  • 1McCarthy
  • 4Makoun
  • 12Agudelo
  • 16Argudo
  • 20DeLaGarza
  • 24Nguyen
  • 33Ambrose
Referee:
Allen Chapman
Attendance:
22,121

Match Stats

Home TeamLos Angeles Football ClubAway TeamInter Miami CF
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home21
Away16
Shots on Target
Home9
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Los Angeles Football Club 1, Inter Miami CF 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Los Angeles Football Club 1, Inter Miami CF 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Los Angeles Football Club. Conceded by Christian Makoun.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Nguyen (Inter Miami CF) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Román Torres.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Harvey (Los Angeles Football Club).

  6. Post update

    Rodolfo Pizarro (Inter Miami CF) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Inter Miami CF. Juan Agudelo tries a through ball, but Robbie Robinson is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Brian Rodríguez (Los Angeles Football Club).

  9. Post update

    Nicolás Figal (Inter Miami CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Los Angeles Football Club. Eduard Atuesta tries a through ball, but Diego Rossi is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Tristan Blackmon (Los Angeles Football Club) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ben Sweat (Inter Miami CF).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Los Angeles Football Club. Bryce Duke replaces Latif Blessing because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Sweat (Inter Miami CF) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Latif Blessing (Los Angeles Football Club).

  16. Post update

    Lee Nguyen (Inter Miami CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Los Angeles Football Club. Conceded by Luis Robles.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Diego Rossi (Los Angeles Football Club) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Latif Blessing with a through ball.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Los Angeles Football Club. Conceded by Lee Nguyen.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Los Angeles Football Club. Brian Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Carlos Vela is caught offside.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 1st March 2020

  • Los Angeles Football ClubLos Angeles Football Club1Inter Miami CFInter Miami CF0
  • Nashville SCNashville SC1Atlanta United FCAtlanta United FC2
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FCVancouver Whitecaps FC1Sporting Kansas CitySporting Kansas City3
  • Columbus Crew SCColumbus Crew SC1New York City FCNew York City FC0
  • New York Red BullsNew York Red Bulls3FC CincinnatiFC Cincinnati2
  • Seattle Sounders FCSeattle Sounders FC2Chicago Fire FCChicago Fire FC1

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1New York Red Bulls11003213
2Atlanta United FC11002113
3Montreal Impact11002113
4Columbus Crew SC11001013
5Toronto FC10102201
6Orlando City SC10100001
7Inter Miami CF00000000
8FC Cincinnati100123-10
9D.C. United100112-10
10Chicago Fire FC100112-10
11New England Revolution100112-10
12New York City FC100101-10
13Philadelphia Union100102-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Kansas City11003123
2FC Dallas11002023
3Colorado Rapids11002113
4Seattle Sounders FC11002113
5San Jose Earthquakes10102201
6Houston Dynamo10101101
7LA Galaxy10101101
8Real Salt Lake10100001
9Los Angeles Football Club00000000
10Minnesota United FC00000000
11Portland Timbers00000000
12Nashville SC100112-10
13Vancouver Whitecaps FC100113-20
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